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Boilermakers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7234

Boilermakers fabricate, assemble, erect, test, maintain and repair boilers, vessels, tanks, towers, heat exchangers and other heavy-metal structures. They are employed in boiler fabrication, manufacturing, shipbuilding, construction, electric power generation and similar industrial establishments.

Job Duties for Boilermakers

  • Read blueprints or specifications to plan sequence of operation
  • Lay out plate, sheet steel or other heavy metal and mark bending and cutting lines on work piece using protractors, compasses and drawing instruments or templates
  • Set up and operate heavy-metal working machines such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters and drill presses to cut, shape and form metal into parts or sections
  • Fit and weld metal parts or sections together to fabricate boilers, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, piping and other heavy-metal products
  • Erect and install boilers and other heavy-metal products according to specifications using hand and power tools
  • Repair and perform maintenance work on boilers and other heavy-metal products
  • Direct activities of hoist or crane operators and other workers during fabrication, assembly, installation or repair of structures
  • Test finished structures using a variety of methods.
Boilermakers may specialize in rigging and hoisting, preparation and layout, or welding aspects of the trade.

Working Conditions for Boilermakers

Work is performed in a factory environment. Safety precautions and equipment are used to protect workers from fumes, machining, tools, and noise.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Boiler Fitter
  • Boiler Installer
  • Boiler Repairer
  • Boiler Repairman/woman
  • Boiler Shop Mechanic
  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker Apprentice
  • Boilermaker-welder
  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Erection And Repair Boilermaker
  • Industrial Boilermaker
  • Industrial Construction Boilermaker
  • Industrial Heat Exchanger Boilermaker
  • Journeyman/woman Boilermaker
  • Maintenance Boilermaker
  • Marine Boilermaker
  • Pressure Vessel Boilermaker
  • Pressure Vessel Fabricator
  • Boiler Fitter
  • Boiler Installer
  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker Apprentice
  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Industrial Boilermaker
  • Marine Boilermaker
  • Pressure Vessel Fabricator